DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE:
If that sounds like the stuff of Facebook memes, it is, and it no doubt graces many office walls and whiteboards, as well. But while doing what you love sounds wonderful and romantic, getting there can be pretty darn daunting.
Maybe you grew up in a working class home where you watched your parents dutifully put in their shifts at “the plant.” They worked Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm, just so they could enjoy the weekend off and two weeks at the campground each summer.
Or perhaps you went off to college and studied law or sales or biology, and now you feel trapped in a job you don’t love. You’d like to change course, but what if you make the wrong choice? What else are you even qualified to do? And what about those student loans?
Here’s another dilemma for those who feel as if they’re “working for the weekend” and not pursuing their passions: How can you even know what you want to be when you grow up?
The truth is, there are millions of people out there who trudge off to work each and every day, wishing they were anywhere else, and hoping one day to find what really inspires them. If that’s you, then rest assured, you are not alone.
But know this, too: There is still time to discover your passion and start doing the work you love.
The key to staying positive is to feel the feelings the affirmations portray. You can always adjust them according to how you are feeling that day. I know by the middle of the week, most of us are dragging the hell around. Remember in order for affirmations to work, you have to say them often and believe what you say. Affirmations are a choice to use, I love reminding myself that it’s ok to toot my own horn every now and then. The more often you use them, you will see your life take a new direction. I try my best to use them daily, especially on those days I really feel like turning to the bottle. So use these or create your own. I’m determined to make this a great year, even if it kills! Have just the best Wednesday!
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Happy Birthday, son, you are locked up but not forgotten! You will forever be my baby boy💙 I love you no matter where you are! ✨🎉🤗
Read: Mark 6:45–53
Bible in a Year: Numbers 17–19; Mark 6:30–56
Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.—Mark 6:50
Our bodies react to our feelings of dread and fear. A weight in the pit of our stomachs, along with our hearts pounding as we gulp for breath, signal our sense of anxiety. Our physical nature keeps us from ignoring these feelings of unease.
The disciples felt shockwaves of fear one night after Jesus had performed the miracle of feeding more than five thousand people. The Lord had sent them ahead to Bethsaida so He could be alone to pray. During the night, they were rowing against the wind when suddenly they saw Him walking on the water. Thinking He was a ghost, they were terrified (Mark 6:49-50).
But Jesus reassured them, telling them not to be afraid and to take courage. As He entered their vessel, the wind died down and they made it to the shore. I imagine that their feelings of dread calmed as they embraced the peace He bestowed.
When we’re feeling breathless with anxiety, we can rest assured in Jesus’s power. Whether He calms our waves or strengthens us to face them, He will give us the gift of His peace that “transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). And as He releases us from our fears, our spirits and our bodies can return to a state of rest. —Amy Boucher Pye
Lord Jesus Christ, help me when the dread seems to cling to me. Release me from my fears and give me Your peace.
The Lord releases us from fear.
INSIGHT: When we read today’s story, we may wonder why these sturdy fishermen would be afraid of a “ghost” (Mark 6:49). But put yourself in their shoes. The disciples did see someone walking on the water—and they knew that was not possible. We may not fear the same things they feared, but we all have fears. Just like the disciples, we need the assurance of Jesus’s words: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (v. 50). The Lord who fed the multitude with a few loaves and fishes is the same one who walked on water. The disciples did not need to fear because they knew who Jesus was and what He could do. Jesus was essentially saying, “Don’t be afraid! You know me.”
What are you afraid of today? What do you need to remember about Jesus that can help you trust Him? J.R. Hudberg
Happy Tuesday all, the week seems to be moving pretty fast. Well lately, I have been thinking about so much,like can I continue on this path of happiness. For some odd reason I keep thinking that all of my hard work of improvement will come crashing down again. This led me to think about drinking again. I know I’m over thinking and that I have to remain optimistic. It’s just this little tiny tiny voice in the back of my head, saying “I don’t deserve to heal or grow.” I’m so not ready to head back down that road again, hell I know it’s the devil fucking with me! I will not let these negative thoughts consume my life anymore. Thoughts love to stay in your head and create havoc, but not anymore for me. So to those of you who are also feeling a bit discouraged, I know how you feel! Some days are better than others, but I will do my best to stay on top of these stupid thoughts. Have a great Tuesday
So I forgot to mention I saw my therapist yesterday. As always I was feeling pretty good after I left her. She knows just how to continue encouraging me when I’m just on the tip of self-doubt. I explained to her, how good I was feeling. On a scale from 1-5, I explain to her that my anxiety was at 2 and depression 1. I can’t help but feel like I lied just a little. I’m feeling really anxious about my son being in prison, some days are better than others. It’s the days like a lonely Sunday that I miss him more, or when I have something stupid to tell him. I just need to see him, be able to look into his eyes, to see from my own mom perspective if he’s really good. I know he’s just keeping me out of the loop sometimes to keep me sane. His bday is tomorrow and I’ve been having these labor pains in my back. Ladies; am I the only one who goes through this??🤨Wierd yes I know!! I know my therapist could see right through me but she did her best to steer the conversation to positive talks. Oh well, I thank her for helping me alone and putting me on the right path to healing. Chat soon…